DRN ReadiTech Network Connections Q1 2021

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NETWORK CONNECTIONS Quarter 1 | 2021

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Looking Forward to New Possibilities Page 5:

DRN ReadiTech Gives Back to Communities Page 6:

Keeping Students Connected Page 8:

Channel Lineup


LOOKING FORWARD TO NEW POSSIBILITIES IN 2021 A letter from our

General Manager/CEO KENT SCHIMKE Last year, 2020, was a unique time. We experienced a global pandemic, that has continued to change nearly every aspect of our daily lives—at home, work and school. Not only was 2020 a difficult time, but last year also marked a joyous occasion as DRN ReadiTech celebrated 70 years of serving our members. We wanted to celebrate this momentous event with you at the annual meeting. However, for the safety of our staff and members, we were required to adjust our plans and hold the meeting online (virtually) in place of an in-person meeting. 70th Annual Meeting Highlights I’m pleased to report 511 members registered for our 70th annual meeting held virtually on October 22 at DRN ReadiTech Headquarters in Ellendale. Members received their annual report in the mail in October. During the meeting, Ralph Greer, Marion; Myron Yagow, Milnor and Brunno Kinzler, of Fullerton were re-elected to Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative’s (DRN ReadiTech) Board of Directors in an uncontested election. Future of the Cooperative is Strong Total revenue for 2019 was $32 million and over $5 million was invested in various plant upgrades throughout the service territory. The Cooperative returned over $3.8 million in 2019 to members in capital credits. Also, last year the Cooperative elected the Alternative Connect America Fund II to continue supporting rural fiber-optic service and maintenance. In December 2020, DRN ReadiTech Board of Directors approved a payout of $3 million for capital credits to members. Over 8,500 members received capital credits retired from the remainder of 2007 and 5% from 2019.

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Thankful for Your Trust We are thankful for you, the members. Thank you for the trust you have put in DRN ReadiTech to provide you fiber-optic services during this challenging year. Our focus remains to furnish high-quality communications to consumers at competitive prices which will ensure long-term viability for the cooperative. From the humble origin of our telephone cooperative 70 years ago serving party lines, the cooperative has expanded to offer a variety of telecommunications and technology services. We continue evolving to best meet the telecommunications needs of our members and look forward to the new possibilities 2021 brings in serving you.

Ralph Greer District 2

Myron Yagow District 6

Brunno Kinzler District 9

Ralph Greer, of District 2, Dickey, Litchville and Marion exchanges; Myron Yagow, of District 6, Milnor and Crete exchanges; and Brunno Kinzler, of District 9, Fullerton and Guelph exchanges were all re-elected to a three-year term.


YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED. Members had the opportunity to submit their questions when registering for the 2020 annual meeting. DRN ReadiTech answered and is happy to share this information with all members. How do we get additional board representatives for our telephone exchange area? As a Cooperative, our board of directors is elected by our members. The number of seats on the board is written in the Cooperative’s bylaws and each director represents a region. Currently there are nine seats. In order to add directors, there needs to be a vote with 2/3 majority. To request a copy of your Cooperative’s bylaws contact us at 344-5000.

What is the ReadiTech fiber referral program? Tell your friends and family who live in Casselton and Mapleton about the benefits of fiber-optic service! With nearly unlimited capabilities, fiber offers the fastest, most reliable Internet and clear phone service. If your referral signs up for ReadiTech service, you will receive $25! The more friends you refer, the more you can earn! There is no limit. Go to drnreaditech.coop/ readitech-fiber-referral to complete the referral form.

Why is my Internet speed not as fast as advertised? Reaching the highest speeds advertised are affected by many variables, including customers equipment, placement of routers, wiring setup, age of devices and device capabilities. DRN ReadiTech advertises all Internet speeds are “up to 100, 150, 500 or 1 gig”. We want to make sure you have the best possible speeds available. If for some reason, your Internet speeds seem slower than expected, please contact our technical support at 344-5000.

Why was the annual meeting time early this year? Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the annual meeting was held virtually at 5 p.m. We expected the meeting to be brief, only 10 to 15 minutes, and hoped many could log on at work to watch the Annual Meeting before going home for the evening. If this time didn’t work well for you, members could also watch a replay of the meeting that evening at 7 p.m. on DRN ReadiTech’s channel 102 or, watch anytime at drnreaditech.coop.

How do capital credits work? When will Casselton fiber-optic service be available? Capital credits are an allocation of funds representing ReadiTech is in the process of installing a fiber network your share of ownership in the Cooperative. At the end to the city of Casselton. Due to various reasons outside of each year after all expenses have been paid, profits our control, the construction process has been slower are allocated to each member based on the amount of than anticipated. It is our goal to have customers on business they do with DRN ReadiTech. Capital credits fiber service in January 2021. The contractors have all are paid out as determined by your board of directors the main lines installed and are working to place and any legal requirements. For more details about location drops to customers who have ordered service. capital credits visit drnreaditech.coop/about-us/. We will be offering high-speed Internet with speeds up Members’ Questions continued on next page. >> to 1 gig and phone service. For more information, please call 347-2020 or ANNUAL MEETING RAFFLE DRAWING visit readitech.com/fiber. This year, a member was randomly selected for the $850 progressive drawing. The winner was Paul Stroh, who was not registered for the meeting. The prize money will roll into next year’s annual meeting drawing.

DRN READITECH BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Ralph Neu, Ashley—representing District 7 Nelvik and Venturia exchanges Vice President Ralph Greer, Marion–representing District 2 Dickey, Litchville and Marion exchanges Secretary Arden Falk, Fort Ransom—representing District 3 Ft. Ransom, Kathryn & Verona exchanges Sid Meidinger, Fredonia—representing District 4 Fredonia and Jud exchanges Myron Yagow, Milnor—representing District 6 Milnor and Crete exchanges Paul Olson, Forbes—representing District 8 Forbes and Merricourt exchanges Brunno Kinzler, Fullerton—representing District 9 Fullerton and Guelph exchanges Dan Girard, Ellendale—representing District 10 Ellendale, Ashley, Kulm, Edgeley and LaMoure Rod Buck, Oakes—representing District 11 Forman, Gwinner, Lisbon and Oakes exchanges District 1 & District 5 merged into nearby areas when the directors retired.

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Frequently Asked Questions continued from page 3. I typically vote during the annual meeting for our district’s board of director, why didn’t I receive a ballot? As you are aware, DRN ReadiTech’s Annual Meeting was presented virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year there were no nominations by petitions. All members were informed of the annual nominating period in a letter mailed out in July and given an opportunity to add nominations to the ballot by October 2. Since there were no nominations during the specified time period, ballots were not mailed to members. What are sun spots and why do they affect TV service? During the fall and spring, TV providers periodically experience outages or TV interference due to sun spots. This is a temporary phenomenon lasting up to 2-3 weeks from approximately 5 to 9 p.m. each day depending on the TV channel and can last up to 10 minutes. The earth’s TV signals are interrupted when the sun passes directly behind satellites transmitting cable signals. Unfortunately sun spot outages affect all cable TV providers, not just DRN ReadiTech.

Readi Tech A DRN COMPANY

CASSELTON FIBER UPDATE

The majority of fiber lines have been placed in Casselton. In January, customer installations will begin and area residents will experience the amazingly fast speeds our 100% fiber-optic network provides. Learn more about the fiber project at readitech.com/fiber.

CONGRATULATIONS CALENDAR WINNERS DRN ReadiTech subscribers submitted their photos of living, working, and playing in our beautiful state of North Dakota for the 2021 calendar photo contest. Winners were selected and customers received their calendars in December. Additional 2021 calendars are available for your shop, lake cabin or office. Simply email marketing@drtel.com to request additional calendars with your name, mailing address and number of calendars requested. Thank you to all who took time to submit photos for this year’s calendar contest.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE CALENDAR PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS! Ava Brokaw Ashley Brown Eric Deyle Amber Gabel Kristine Harris Renee Haseleu

Erin Henning Rebecca Herman Dylan Hollingsworth Jennifer Johnson Alana Lebahn Shandra Malheim

Need another calendar? Please email marketing@drtel.com to request additional calendars.

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Doreen Olstad Katherine Plessner Heidi Schauer Robyn Schock Abbie Smith


DRN READITECH GIVES BACK It is no secret, 2020 has been a difficult year. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives. However, it has not reduced the reliance on local community organization and support services. If anything, these community-based organizations and projects are more important than ever as we stay safe and stay close to home. DRN ReadiTech recently presented area organizations with donations helping improve the quality of life throughout its service territory. The Forman Park Board received $2,000 from DRN ReadiTech to go towards pool upgrades and ball field improvements. DRN ReadiTech also recently donated $1,500 to the Ashley Fire Protection District. The donation will go towards a wiring renovation project in the fire hall housing the fire trucks. Rural Development Finance Corporation Awards Grants in DRN Readitech Service Area DRN ReadiTech is a member of the Rural Development Finance Corporation, RDFC. As a result, communities in the service area were eligible to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to support community-owned entities, non-profits and community projects. Organizations in Ellendale, Fredonia and Kulm were selected for the grants. RDFC chose the Ellendale’s Lions Club as its first grant recipient. The grant funds will be used to help create a local dog park for area residents and guests.

The second RDFC grant was awarded to the Clifford Ost Post 260 in Fredonia. Many small towns in the Midwest often name the local post after one of its fallen. Of the hundreds of young men serving from Logan County, Clifford Ost was the first to give his life during World War II. The grant funds will be used to replace the shingles on the roof of the Legion Hall. The final RDFC grant went to Kulm Friendship Club Senior Center. The grant funds will be used to replace the kitchen floor and interior general repairs at the Senior Citizen Center. RDFC is making these funds available in order that more people become aware of their larger loan program that funds community-based projects and non-profit entities with low interest loans.

Top left photo: DRN ReadiTech’s Marketing Manager Janell Hauck, left, presents the check to Forman Park Board President Wendy Willprecht, center and Vice President Tansey Hosford, right. Top right photo: Link Golz, left, and Kirk Rueb, right, of the Ashley Fire Protection District accept DRN ReadiTech’s donation. Bottom left photo: Ellendale Lion’s Club, Denise Olson, right, accepts the community grant donation from DRN ReadiTech’s Janell Hauck. Bottom left photo: Left to right is DRN ReadiTech’s Janell Hauck, presents the donation to Cliff Ost Legion Post 260 Adjutant Archie Hoffman and Commander Rick Schlecht. Bottom right photo: Norma Rost, right, from the Kulm Friendship Club Senior Citizen Center, accepts the donation from DRN ReadiTech.

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How BAND providers, like DRN ReadiTech, and DCN guaranteed broadband access for 99.8 percent of North Dakota students during the pandemic. It was still early in the COVID-19 pandemic when Governor Doug Burgum and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler called the first press conference. As of that Friday, March 13, North Dakota only had one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. Baesler and Burgum announced that schools would remain open, and provided administrators with guidelines to make the best decisions for their individual districts. But the situation progressed dramatically over the weekend, and on Sunday, Governor Burgum ordered schools to close for the week. Teaching staff entered their schools for what would be the last time of the year to plan for remote learning—just in case. And on Thursday afternoon, the Executive Order was made: all North Dakota school buildings would be closed to students, indefinitely.

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“Thus began the saga of, how do we ensure that our students don’t stop learning just because our school buildings are closed?” said Superintendent Baesler. The Executive Order issued by Governor Burgum that day included a stipulation that in order for schools to receive funding, they must submit a distance learning plan to be approved by the Department of Public Instruction.

“In those plans, we saw a heavy emphasis on technology—not only the platforms of communication between teachers and students, but also the delivery of actual learning mechanisms of math, reading, and writing lessons,” Superintendent Baesler said. “And that led us to be a little bit concerned about whether our students were going to be connected, whether they would have access to that technology.” In March 2020, school districts across the country were faced with the same question. Teachers scrambled to make plans to continue providing meaningful instruction for the remainder of the school year. News reports showed images of students gathered, six feet apart, in their schools’ parking lots just so they could access the Internet to complete their assignments. But amidst the chaos, one unexpected state was able to transition to distance learning almost seamlessly. More than 99 percent of North Dakota students, over 120,000, were connected to the Internet in a matter of days—all thanks to a spirit of collaboration, an investment in broadband infrastructure, and the legendary North Dakota work ethic.


Staying Safe by Staying Connected

For 21st century students, access to the Internet isn’t just a luxury—it’s a necessity. Today’s teachers rely on high-speed broadband connections to communicate with students, deliver assessments, and most importantly, help students become informed global citizens. Tools like virtual field trips and online pen-pal assignments keep students connected to their increasingly globalized world. “It is absolutely essential for our students to have broadband access because the world is so big right now and they are so connected to it,” Superintendent Baesler said. “They can’t take a field trip to China, or to the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, but things happening in those countries are impacting their daily lives. So it’s important that they learn about them as they become global citizens, and that is only possible through the Internet.” The Internet became even more critical for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly, it was teachers’ only form of communication with students. And because social distancing plays such a vital role in preventing the spread of the virus, it also became a means of keeping teachers, students, and their families safe. In order to ensure all North Dakota students could participate in online school during the pandemic, districts first needed to understand where the need for Internet access lay. Working with local broadband providers and the North Dakota Information Technology department, Baesler’s team learned that student addresses were not protected information and could therefore be used to determine whether or not they had access to broadband. By overlaying student addresses with broadband customer addresses, they learned that a majority of students, approximately 70 percent, already had robust broadband access within their homes. Next, it was a matter of delivering broadband to that last 30 percent—and quickly. Realizing the importance of keeping students connected during the pandemic, the 15 rural broadband providers that form the Broadband Association of North Dakota (BAND) went to work immediately. “Virtually all of the areas had fiber running by those home addresses,” said David Crothers, Executive Director of BAND. “It was just a matter of getting the equipment in the door and hooked up for those students in unconnected homes. So we were able to do that very, very quickly. That’s how we had over

2,100 students online who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to participate in their education.” Almost 25 years ago, the member companies that form BAND joined together to create the Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) in order to invest in a fiber backbone spanning the entire state. Those companies knew they could get farther together. To date, they have laid more than 42,000 miles of fiber across the state of North Dakota. Because of the existing fiber infrastructure, a process that normally would have taken months, was completed in just days. When the pandemic hit, North Dakota schools did not need to build a new system to get broadband to students; instead, they were able to dedicate their energy to deploying a system that was already in place.

A Heritage of Innovation

In just three weeks, 99.8 percent of students in territories served by BAND member companies were connected to the Internet and able to continue with their school year—a number virtually unheard of across the country. When colleagues from around the country ask Superintendent Baesler how North Dakota managed to connect so many students, so quickly, she looks back to our state’s heritage. When pioneers first settled in North Dakota, living few and far between, they needed electricity to survive. They didn’t wait for a large electrical company from across the country to provide them with electricity; they banded together, formed cooperatives, and did it for themselves. The same can be said for telephone lines, and today, broadband. “COVID-19 has created a dramatic illustration of the importance of having a reliable, affordable, excellent broadband connection, anywhere that you live in the state of North Dakota,” Crothers said. “It’s really brought to bear how important a functional state-ofthe-art broadband network is, not just for those who can afford it, not just for those in the largest cities, but to every resident.” Contact your BAND member, DRN ReadiTech, to learn how upgrading your broadband can better your home or business at 344-5000 or drnreaditech.coop.

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CHANNEL GUIDE

VALU TV

For listings showing two programs under one channel number, the first one listed is for the Oakes lineup, the second is the Ashley lineup. All channels air in HD unless otherwise noted by SD.

99 Channel Guide 100 DRN Community Channel 101 DRN Weather 102 DRN TV 103 ME TV SD 104 BEK Sports (COZI)/ FOX - KNDX 105 NBC-KFYR (Ashley) 106 ABC-WDAY/ ABC-KBMY 107 CBS-KX4/ BEK Sports(COZI) 108 Justice (Oakes) 109 WDAY Xtra 110 FOX-KJRR (Oakes)

ULTIMATE FAMILY TV includes Valu TV channels

123 WGN

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217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237

Olympic Channel MLB Network CBS Sports FOX Sports 2 FOX Sports North FOX Sports North+ NBC Sports Net NFL Golf Channel ESPN ESPN2 ESPN Classic SD ESPNews TBS FOX Sports 1 FX FXX FX Movie USA TNT TCM

111 NBC-KVLY 112 CW-KXJB/ CBS-KXMB 113 PBS-KFME 114 PBS World 115 PBS Minnesota 116 PBS Lifelong Learning 117 ND House SD 118 ND Senate SD 124 Antenna TV (Oakes) SD 126 Heroes & Icons(H&I) SD /H&I SD (BEK) 127 GSN 140 The CW (Ashley) 141 Laff (Ashley) 238 239 240 241 245 249 250 251 252 253 255 257 259 261 263 264 266 268 270

Disney Disney XD Freeform Disney Junior Boomerang SD Cartoon Network Discovery Motortrend Animal Planet Science Discovery Family Investigation Discovery Destination America Discovery Life OWN American Heroes BBC America TLC A&E

142 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 162 163 164 271 273 274 277 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 299 300 301 302 303 305 308 309 312

Escape (Ashley) Positiv TV SD Hillsong Channel Smile of a Child SD Cowboy Channel TBN 3ABN SD Inspiration Network EWTN TCT WHT SD BYU SD Daystar SD SonLife SD GOD TV AMC History Viceland Military History SD MSNBC CNBC FOX News FOX Business Newsmax HLN CNN Cooking Channel HGTV DIY Travel Channel Food Network YouToo America National Geographic SyFy truTV

176 177 178 179 180 181 182 190 192 193 195 196 198 199

C-SPAN C-SPAN2 C-SPAN3 NASA QVC HSN Jewelry Channel Weather Channel Hub City Livestock SD Aberdeen Livestock SD BEK Sports+ East BEK Sports+ West Ashley Channel SD Tornado TV SD

313 Crimes & Investigations 316 Pursuit 317 Outdoor Channel 318 Sportsman Channel 319 RFD TV 320 GAC 321 Fusion 331 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 333 Hallmark Channel 335 Oxygen 336 ION TV 338 Lifetime 339 Lifetime Movie Network 341 WE TV 343 Bravo 344 FYI 348 E! MUSIC CHANNELS ON BACK.


MUSIC CHANNELS 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512

Broadway Chamber Music Soul Storm Smooth Jazz Jazz Now Gospel Christian Pop & Rock Alternative-Country/ Americana Country Classics Hot Country No Fences Jukebox Oldies

513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524

Flashback 70’s Remember the 80’s Nothin’ but 90’s Easy Listening Pop Classics Alternative Rock Classics Adult Alternative Hit List Classic Rock Alternative Rock Dance Clubbin’

525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537

Heavy Metal Hip-Hop/R&B Jammin’ Pop Adult Classic R&B and Soul Blues Kid’s Stuff Holiday Hits Classic Masters Folk Roots Jazz Masters Éxitos Tropicales Swinging Standards

538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550

Maximum Party Bluegrass Hip Hop The Chill Lounge The Spa Eclectic Electronic Éxitos del Momento Groove Y2K Retro Latino Ritmos Latinos Rock en Español Romance Latino

PREMIUM CHANNELS

*Available to add on to a TV pak.

SHOWTIME PAK

STARZ & STARZ ENCORE PAK

700

ACC

901

Showtime

951

STARZ ENCORE

701

SEC

902

TMC

952

703

Big 10

903

SHO2

STARZ ENCORE Family

704

Big 10 Alternative

904

SHO X-BET

953

706

Fox College Atlantic SD

905

TMC Xtra

STARZ ENCORE Action

906

SHO Extreme

954

907

SHO Showcase

STARZ ENCORE Classic

908

SHO Next

955

STARZ ENCORE Suspense

909

SHO Women

956

910

Flix

STARZ ENCORE Drama

957

STARZ ENCORE Westerns

958

STARZ

707

Fox College Central

708

FCS Pacific SD

709

PAC-12

710

PAC-12 Arizona

711

PAC-12 LA

712

PAC-12 Bay

713

PAC-12 Oregon

714

PAC-12 Washington

715

PAC-12 Mountain

* Channel changes content based on current sports season. Limited to no guide detail available.

800

Discovery Española

801

TBN Enlace USA SD

802

Ultra Familia SD

For the latest channel lineup and listings visit: tvlistings.zap2it.com All channels subject to change.

HBO PAK 925

HBO

926

HBO 2

959

STARZ Kids & Family

927

HBO Signature

960

STARZ Edge

928

HBO Family

961

STARZ Comedy

929

HBO Comedy

962

STARZ inBlack

930

HBO Zone

963

STARZ Cinema

CINEMAX PAK

SPANISH PAK

Visit watchTVeverywhere.com to get started & watch your favorite programs on the go.

SD

931

Action Max

932

Cinemax

933

More Max

934

Thriller Max

935

Movie Max

936

Max Latino

937

5 Star Max

938

Outer Max

DRN is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

PLEX PAK 964

Movie Plex

965

Indie Plex

966

Retro Plex

Updated 1/2021

Your favorite programs. Anytime and everywhere.

If you subscribe to DRN television, you receive Watch TVEverywhere for FREE! This service allows you to watch television programs from your PC, laptop, smart phone or tablet. Now you can watch TV virtually anywhere without incurring any additional costs.

SPORTS PAK

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ANNUAL NOTIFICATIONS Do Not Call Residential Notification

Federal Lifeline Assistance

To address consumer concerns about unwelcome telemarketing calls, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) established a national Do-Not-Call Registry. The registry applies to all telemarketers (with the exception of certain non-profit and political organizations) and covers both interstate and intrastate telemarketing calls. Commercial telemarketers are not allowed to call you if your number is listed on the registry.

For those who can’t afford communication services–Lifeline, a federal program, can help eligible people pay part of their phone or broadband bill.

Consumers may register their residential phone number, and wireless numbers, on the national Do-Not-Call Registry for free. To register by phone, call 1-888-382-1222. For TTY call 1-866-290-4236. You must call from the phone number you wish to register. Or, register online at donotcall.gov. Telemarketers have up to 31 days to get your phone number and remove it from their call lists.

Battery Backup Notification DRN ReadiTech reminds customers your telecommunications services are powered by electricity. If your main power source goes out, all fiber customers have a backup power supply box provided by DRN in your home, apartment complex, or office building. The battery backup powers telephone service for approximately eight hours. This means the backup will provide eight hours of in use time or talk time. If the power is out for an extended period of time, telephone service will continue to work as long as the battery backup has not been depleted of its eight hours of in use time. During a power outage, Internet and television service disconnects immediately. In order to keep you and your family connected during an extended power outage, DRN ReadiTech recommends connecting your home or business to a backup generator or emergency backup battery. DRN ReadiTech offers a 24-hour extended battery for purchase. For details on buying an extended battery or any other questions regarding the battery backup, contact a customer care specialist at 344-5000.

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Lifeline can save you at least $9.25 on your monthly phone bill for basic local telephone service or broadband. Lifeline assistance applies only to service in the home where you live. Who is eligible?* An individual is eligible if he or she participates in one of the following programs: • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) •

Medicaid

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Federal Public Housing Assistance

Veterans Pension or Survivors Pension

In addition, a consumer may be eligible if his or her household income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. * Only eligible persons may apply. Only one discount is available per household. Lifeline is non-transferable. How to obtain assistance: Offices that administer a program under which you are eligible for Lifeline may automatically send you an Assistance Certificate in the mail. Anyone wishing to participate in Lifeline is required to sign a form indicating, under oath, that they qualify to participate because they meet at least one of the program eligibility requirements. This must be signed and returned with a copy of your income or program eligibility. What if my benefits stop? If you no longer qualify for any economic program, you no longer qualify for Lifeline. For more information: Call DRN ReadiTech at 344-5000. Consumers must apply for Lifeline through their telecommunications company.


2021 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

NEW LISTINGS

Attention students—earn money for college!

Ellendale 349 Mary Jean McDonald......... 349-3955

DRN ReadiTech is passionate about supporting area youth and is proud to announce it will continue its Scholarship Program in 2021. High school seniors are eligible if they attend a high school in one of the Cooperative exchanges and/or their parents or guardians are DRN ReadiTech subscribers. Applicants also must plan to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school and indicate an interest in returning to a rural community following graduation to further their career. Students meeting these criteria are encouraged to apply. Complete the application online: drnreaditech.coop. Go to “About Us” then click “Scholarship Program.” APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 28, 2021. For more details, contact Janell Hauck at 344-5000.

TV PRICE CHANGE

Dickey 778 Lacey Worrel.......................... 778-7375

Forman 724 Lariat Bar LLC......................... 724-6239 Jud 685 Kevin Hollingsworth .......... 685-2665 Kulm 647 Linda Hehr ............................ 647-2521 LaMoure 883 Beyond The Flex................... 883-5639 Dan Harris .............................. 883-5955 Roger Nelson......................... 883-5773 Lisbon 683 Merel Fosse............................ 683-4630 Milnor 427 Melissa Lunneborg............. 427-5256 Nadine Sanford.................... 427-5642 Oakes 742 Shirley Bishop....................... 742-6403

As a TV provider, DRN ReadiTech is subject to annual fee increases from programmers and network channel owners. Because of these programming fee increases, effective March 1, 2021, there will be a $4.99/month increase for Ultimate Family TV customers. For information about TV increases due to programming fees, visit tvonmyside.com. Adding more value to TV service, DRN ReadiTech now offers: Newsmax TV on 289 and Heroes & Icons in Ashley on channel 126. Included with your TV subscription is WatchTVeverywhere, watch TV on various smart devices anywhere with Internet! If you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact our customer care department at 344-5000.

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